It’s June and that means Warped Tour! This month, we’re featuring out favorite bands currently on the tour known as “punk rock summer camp”. Check out the first one below and share your favorites with us in the comments section or on facebook.
Words by Bethany Polson
Recently a few blue eyed siblings from California have been shaking up the alternative music scene. Echosmith is an indie pop quartet that will be joining the fantastic line up on the 2014 Vans Warped Tour. This group is comprised of Sydney, 16, and her brothers Noah, 17, Graham, 14, and Jamie, 20. The siblings started performing together when Sydney was only ten years old. The atmosphere these siblings grew up in was never lacking musical inspiration (their father is a producer and songwriter), therefore it only came naturally that they would want to perform together. After 3 years of independently pursuing their musical careers, the band was signed to Warner Brother’s Records in May 2012.
The reaction Echosmith has received regarding their debut album, Talking Dreams, out last year, has been phenomenal. They were included on the MTV 2014 Artist To Watch list and had their music featured on the MTV show Awkward. Before being added to the Warped tour, they toured with Tonight Alive, For The Foxes, and The Downtown Fiction which put their music in front of whole new genres of fans.
Echosmith’s members are around the age of readers here at Open Our Eyes. Their music touches the familiar concepts of feeling left out and misunderstood while growing up and dealing with people and relationships. In particular, the song Cool Kids goes on to stay “I wish that I could be like the cool kids, ‘Cause all the cool kids, they seem to fit in.” which is a common feeling expressed among teens and young adults in today’s society. Echosmith’s success is an inspiration to anyone who has ever felt like they don’t belong. “Cool” has a relative definition; it is dependent what each person finds interesting. You are cool to somebody, just because someone else’s definition of cool doesn’t line up with yours, doesn’t mean you’re any less cool.